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and brad garrett will join us. wednesday, december 19th. "starting point" begins right now. >>> welcome back, everybody. our "starting point" is the state department. now blasted for systemic failures that led to the deadly september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. an independent review board determining that security at the physician facility grossly inadequate that leaders in washington ignored repeated requests to add personnel there and after the tragedy that claimed four american lives, there was a lack of transparency, responsiveness, and leadership at the senior levels in libya, and in washington, d.c. our foreign affairs reporter elise lab bot live in washington this morning. what happens next after this report? >> well, soledad, the panel made about 29 recommendations for the state department to get working on. let me go over a few of them quickly. first of them is to strengthen security personnel for the high-threat post. one problem, the consulate relied on temporary, inexperienced staff and local militias not up to the task. they called for tighter securities
correspondent dana bash there was and watched it unfold. walk us through what happened? >> it really was stunning. that is the perfect word, soledad. i was watching all day, talking to republicans to try and figure out if the speaker had the votes. really hard to imagine he was so far out. so far out on this being a strategy. republicans want to prove that they won't let things go up. i was watching earlier votes. watching the speaker's team on the floor, trying to twist arms and trying to get republican votes, and clear from the expressions on their faces it was not going well at all, and all of a sudden they put the house in recess, which is effectively a pause button, and after that, we heard he was pulling the bill from the floor. there was a lot of emotion among republicans, especially those who are big supporters of the speaker. listen to steve la tourette, fellow republican from ohio. >> it weakens the entire republican party, the continuing dumbing down of the republican party and we are going to be seen more and more as a bunch of extremists that can't even get a majority of
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